EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Patra, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for the insurance industry, along with AmWINS Group, CRC Group, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, are among the leading companies that have formed InsurConneXtions Alliance, a strategic alliance that will prioritize, develop, and integrate specific technology solutions into critical insurance processes – for the purposes of driving processing efficiencies and industry standards.

The Insurance industry will need to rapidly adopt technology to drive efficiencies and economic value for our customers

The formation of InsurConneXtions represents leaders across insurance technology, brokerage, wholesale, and specialty insurance, and represent over $50 Billion in Insurance premiums. 

With a multitude of decisions and rapid changes facing the insurance industry, collaboration and cooperation is required to accelerate the integration of technology into critical and high-volume processes. The charter members of the Alliance are well positioned to leverage their expertise, experience, and market position to accelerate the deployment of technology into a variety of insurance processes. 

The alliance has unanimously selected to begin its collaboration by focusing on technology and efficiency improvements to policy checking. Policy checking is a high volume and comprehensive process that performs a critical validation for accuracy and integrity of policy issuance across carriers, wholesalers, and brokers. Beginning this month, alliance members will work together to drive the evolution of Patra’s industry leading policy checking solution.

“The need for insurance leaders to collaborate on technology has never been more important and this InsurConneXtions will be an important and strategic contributor,” said John Simpson, CEO and Founder of Patra. “With industry leading firms along with Patra’s technology and full-service delivery capabilities, a collaborative approach will help ensure a more rapid delivery of tech-enabled solutions to help solve our common challenges.”

“Speaking on behalf of the membership, we are excited

(Reuters) – Oil major Chevron Corp’s

U.S. unit and waste management firm Brightmark LLC said on Wednesday they have formed a joint venture to market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas made of methane emissions from cattle burps.

Ruminant livestock such as cattle and sheep produce methane as a byproduct while digesting fibrous plant material. Methane accounts for 20% of global emissions and scientists have been working for years to reduce the amount of the gas released by cattle.

Chevron U.S.A. and Brightmark LLC said their investments in the new venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, will fund the construction of required infrastructure and commercial operation of dairy biomethane projects across multiple U.S. states.

Chevron will purchase the renewable natural gas produced from the JV’s projects and market it for use in vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, the companies said.

The latest move underscores a shift in investor demand, with increased pressure in recent years on fossil fuel companies, including Chevron, to reduce emissions, spend more on low-carbon energy and make disclosures on the impact of fossil fuel production on climate change.

“We are increasing renewables in support of our business, making targeted investments and establishing partnerships as we evaluate emerging sources of energy and the role they will play in our portfolio,” said Andy Walz, president of Americas products for Chevron.

Chevron is also part of another renewable natural gas JV, CalBioGas LLC, that last month announced its first successful production from dairy farms in Kern County.

(Reporting by Shradha Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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(RTTNews) – Iron Mountain Inc. (IRM), the storage and information management services company, announced Tuesday the formation of a 300 million+ Euro joint venture with an affiliate of AGC Equity Partners, a London-based global alternative asset manager, to design and develop a 280,000 square foot, or 27 megawatt, hyperscale data center currently under development in Frankfurt, Germany.

Frankfurt Data Center is 100% pre-leased to a U.S.-based Fortune 100 customer subject to a 10-year lease agreement. Full build-out of the 27 megawatt data center is expected in the second quarter of 2022.

Iron Mountain will be responsible for managing the design and development of the data center as well as administering the Lease.

Under the terms of the agreement, AGC will own an 80% equity interest and Iron Mountain will own a 20% equity interest in the Venture. AGC contributed cash to purchase its 80% equity interest in the Venture, while Iron Mountain retained a 20% equity interest in the Venture.

Iron Mountain will earn various fees, including property management and construction and development fees for services provided to the Venture.

Debt financing for the Venture is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2020, with proceeds expected to fund a portion of the planned development and construction costs.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

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President Trump’s relationship to risk has often come down to an abiding self-belief: It will all probably work out for him because it generally has.

“Whatever happens, happens,” he said in 1991, declaring himself a “great fatalist” as his business fortunes wobbled.

“We’ll see what happens,” he said of North Korean nuclear diplomacy two years ago, blithely predicting that all would be fine.

“Risk plays a part in everything we do,” he advised in one of his pre-presidential how-to books. “I could get hit by a bus while I am crossing the street. Things happen.”

Yet the things that have happened this time — a president who has consistently played down the dangers of a deadly virus, joining the ranks of hospitalized patients in his high-risk demographic — are nothing like the circumstances of Mr. Trump’s past feats of political, financial and reputational survival.

He is, instead, facing something almost entirely unfamiliar to him: genuine uncertainty and peril, a moment when the comforts of his office and surname can only take him so far.

If anything, the toll of the virus, on Mr. Trump and his nation, has reinforced how little his life of chance-taking had prepared him for the cold math of infectious disease.

In business, he has transcended consistent misfires with the risk-cushioning assistance of tax-avoidance schemes, bankruptcy court, his father’s riches and a manicured vision of televised success on “The Apprentice.”

In politics, he has survived gambits that might have ended any modern presidency before his — urging a foreign government to investigate a rival, questioning the valor of war heroes, equivocating on white supremacy — because Republican allies have wagered that he is worth the trouble.

But the pandemic could be neither browbeaten nor charmed. It is not impressed with his Nielsen ratings. It is not

Many Bitcoin owners have adopted a “Play dumb and hope for the best” strategy when it comes to taxes. But now that strategy—never a great idea at the best of times—is riskier than ever in light of a proposed change to next year’s tax forms.



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The Internal Revenue Service revealed the change in a preview of the Form 1040 that every American uses to file their federal income tax. Now, right at the top of the form, below the address line, is a new yes/no question that asks if the filer has acquired an interest in virtual currency:



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The proposed IRS change comes as the agency continues to ramp up scrutiny of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In some cases, the focus of the IRS has been criminal activity involving digital currency, while in others the agency has sought to identify those who fail to report profits from trading.

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While millions of Americans own cryptocurrency accounts, a relatively small portion of them have reported income from them. In a lawsuit with cryptocurrency giant Coinbase, for instance, the IRS testified that only 807 individuals reported Bitcoin-related transactions in 2015.

In the last three years, Coinbase and other exchanges have provided more tax reporting tools but the number of filers remains relatively small. The owner of a firm specializing in crypto taxes told the Wall Street Journal that he estimates fewer than 150,000 crypto owners filed returns last year.

According to the Journal, which first reported the new IRS form, the change to the 1040 amounts to laying “a trap” for those who would feign ignorance of the reporting requirements—and is similar to approach the agency took to forcing Americans to disclose overseas income.

The aggressive new tactic by the IRS is